A cover letter is required for consideration for this position, and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your interest and experience in any or all of the hiring areas listed below.
The Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan invites applications for the Project Archivists program, a hiring initiative launched in 2015. This program matches early career archivists with term-limited positions aligned with the library’s key initiatives. Multiple two-year term positions are available, with continuation the second year contingent upon satisfactory performance within the first six months of employment. Start of employment in early September is preferred.
Archivists at the Bentley Historical Library are committed to pursuing best practices and innovative ideas in collecting, curating, and promoting both academic research and public interest in the records of the University of Michigan and major collections relating to the history of the state of Michigan, its peoples, and organizations. See bentley.umich.edu for more information.
Examples of recent and ongoing priorities are:
Research in the use of Aeon, ArchivesSpace, and Archivematica
Learning analytics and more general business intelligence
Conversion and curation of large and complex digital collections
Continuation of initiatives launched relating to the University of Michigan’s history as it was celebrated and critically examined in its Bicentennial year of 2017
Strong commitment to the University of Michigan Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan
Project Archivists develop essential career skills and gain experience through work aimed at meeting strategic goals aligned with the library’s priorities. Each Project Archivist has a primary area of responsibility on one of the Bentley’s teams: Curation; Reference and Academic Programs; and University Archives and History.
In addition to the Project Archivist’s primary area of responsibility, there are opportunities to participate in library-wide initiatives, to engage in community learning opportunities through the library’s bimonthly series of engagement and enrichment sessions, and the possibility of gaining experience through additional work in another area of the library.This search welcomes applicants with experience and/or interest in any or all of the following hiring areas:
Curation: The Bentley’s Curation team preserves, adds value to, and makes accessible research materials for the university community and the general public. A core Project Archivist responsibility in Curation will involve the processing of complex archival collections in print, analog, and digital formats that are received from the University of Michigan as well as individuals and organizations from around the state. In preparing these materials for use by patrons, archivists must understand the often complex relationships of content within a collection to arrange and describe materials in accordance with local conventions and professional standards. To handle born-digital materials, project archivists may employ digital forensic techniques to securely migrate content from physical media and also use the Archivematica digital preservation system to ingest, arrange, describe, and deposit files to the University of Michigan’s DSpace repository. Project Archivists will furthermore employ emerging best practices to appraise, capture, and describe online materials using the Archive-It web archiving platform. The dynamic and collaborative work environment may also provide opportunities to interact with conservators, digitization specialists, and field archivists.
Reference and Academic Programs: Project Archivists support Reference and Academic Programs’ public services by assisting researchers in the reading room and online, using best practices for customer service, and working with the Archivist for Academic Programs and Outreach to collaborate with faculty on designing and implementing class sessions. Reference-related work includes assisting researchers in-person in the reading room with research strategies and instruction; conducting research and responding to information queries submitted remotely; assisting with events and exhibits; and participating in the daily reference operation and in weekly team meetings. Academic Programs-related work includes participating in planning and facilitating class sessions at the Bentley, including searching for and retrieving relevant materials; meeting with instructional team and faculty as needed; co-leading or leading class sessions; creating various teaching tools in consultation with the archivist for academic programs and outreach; and assisting with the Fall 2018 symposium on teaching undergraduates with archives.
University Archives and History: The University Archives and History team supports research, critical exploration, and interpretation of the history of the University of Michigan, building upon the extensive programming from last year’s Bicentennial. The team also oversees an active field acquisition and records management program to insure that the source material essential for future research and discovery is managed and archived. Ongoing initiatives include diversity research to identify the individual names and stories of minority students that have attended the University from its founding to 1970. Current initiatives are focused on scouring resources to identify African American and Native American students. Other initiatives include producing digital scholarship in University of Michigan history including preparing subject content guides and exhibits for online discovery as well as conducting in-depth archival research for special projects.
Benefits: The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities. See hr.umich.edu/benefits-wellness for more information.
Rank: Project archivists hold term-limited positions without eligibility for promotion.
April 18, 2018
Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period, and review will continue until the position is filled.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Master’s degree in archives and records management from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association or subject expertise through the attainment of an advanced degree relevant to archival administration
Ability to work effectively in a team setting and to meet demanding project deadlines with project management skills
Practical understanding of important features and functionality for archival access and curatorial systems
Proven capacity to acquire new skills and to synthesize and act upon complex technical information and developments
Ability to routinely move 30-40 pound boxes and to occasionally ascend/descend ladders and/or stairs
Internal Number: 155292
About Bentley Historical Library
The Bentley Historical Library collects the materials for and promotes the study of the histories of two great, intertwined institutions, the State of Michigan and the University of Michigan. The Library is open without fee to the public, and we welcome researchers regardless of academic or professional affiliation.
The Bentley’s 11,000 research collections range from the papers of governors of Michigan, to the records of student and faculty life at the University, to the entire historical record of intercollegiate athletics at Michigan, and much more. The Library houses a state-of-the-art conservation lab that conserves books, maps, architectural drawings, and other materials. The lab is also where expert archivists and conservators teach conservation techniques and aid in the reformatting of preserved materials.